Padma Shri Shobana is an Indian film actress and Bharata Natyam dancer from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She has acted in more than 200 films in several languages including Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and English. She has worked with directors such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan, G. Aravindan, K. Balachander, AM Fazil, Mani Ratnam, Bharathan and Priyadarsan. She won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, for her performances in the films Manichitrathazhu (1993) and Mitr, My Friend(2001). She is Indias numero uno in the dance form of Bharatanatyam and is an independent performer and choreographer. She runs a dance school, Kalarpana, in Chennai. In 2006, the Indian Government honoured Shobana with the Padma Shri for her contributions towards the field of classical dance. In 2014, The Kerala Government honoured her with the Kala Ratna Award.